06.06.16 Fish Art Galleries on Tybee Island, Georgia

Monday, June 6, 2016 – On Sunday, on our way back from Tybee Island we some some crazy cute gift shops.  We stopped and shopped! The one we spent the most time in was Fish Art Galleries, 1209 US Hwy 80 East in Tybee Island, GA. It’s all metal art using all sorts of odd parts and pieces.

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The pink part of this was originally an old ladies hairdryer!  20160605_175413 (Large) We made some small purchases, leaving those luscious expensive ladies (above) behind.  Some other things we saw in the area are below.

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Next door to Fish Art Galleries was a super cool tiny vintage camper, Sweetie Pie, that sold snowballs.  They were closed, shucks!

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That’s it for our shopping on Tybee Island!  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear?!

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06.05.16 The beach at Tybee Island, Georgia

tybee island welcomeSunday, June 5, 2016  – About 30 miles from our RV park is Tybee Island, Georgia.  Very much a beach community and very different from Hilton Head Island.  Tybee Island has a population of 3,000.

The three mile long beach had many folks on it today.  Children playing, Roy sitting and watching and me playing!! Playing in the ocean was fun and I collected some seashells for my collection.

This is the first time we’ve had to pay to park at a beach.  It was $2 tybee-island-mapan hour and automatically charged us for two hours.

20160605_162253 (Large)The walk to the beach was again a blue walkway.  I did get Roy off the walkway this time and onto the sand.  Moaning and groaning he settled himself on one of the swings (picture below) and watched me play!

Swing_lighthouseSome photos of Tybee Island beach.  First photo is of some of the beautiful homes that face the ocean.

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Before the rains came we enjoyed a bite to eat at the North Beach Bar and Grill.  Really neat place!

20160605_172802 (Large) 20160605_172808 (Large) There is a lighthouse on this island that we would have toured had it not started to rain.  Here’s a photo I got off the internet of the Historic Tybee Island Light Station.

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Tomorrow the rain will continue so we will head back to Savannah Tuesday to see more of this amazing city and to eat at Paula Dean’s restaurant there. Really looking forward to that.

On our way home from the beach yesterday we saw some crazy cute shops.  We stopped and I’ll write about that adventure next!

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06.04.16 Savannah, Georgia’s Riverfront

savannah signSaturday, June 4, 2016 – We are resting at home today!  The heat is awful and we’ve been on the go for a few days.  We’ve changed our travel plan going forward (yes AGAIN!) so reservations had to be cancelled and new ones made.  Our aim is to get out of this heat (90 degrees) and go as far north as we’ll go during the heat of the summer. We will be traveling to Maine, stopping one night every 200 to 250 miles along the way there.  We have a 5 day reservation in Connecticut before we reach Portland, Maine.

Making reservations up north is iffy at best.  Seems most parks only accept 35 foot or shorter RVs.  Dora is 39 foot. There are zero Coast to Coast parks in 3 of the states and very limited in other.  This is the first time we’ve run into this.

Passport America hasn’t been much help either,  so we’ve got a two week period after leaving Maine that we’ll be boondocking in the Adirondack Mountains in New York and upper Vermont mountains.

We’ve joined Boondockers Welcome using a 50 percent discount we got for being an RVillage Gold level member BDWNewLogoTagso it was only $12.50 for the year!  In Boondockers Welcome other RVers who have a place we can park for a day or so offer it on the website . If we want to stay we work it out through email.  A lot of the hosts have electrical hookups available which is the big plus!

Yesterday, Friday, we drove into Savannah to see the part of Savannah along the Riverfront.   Drove in over the Savannah River bridge, the Talmade Memorial Bridge.

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River Street runs along the river, and is made of cobblestones.  There use to be a streetcar that went up and down the street and we were looking forward to riding it.  We learned that it was no longer working.  20160603_155121 (Large) 20160603_155318 (Large) 20160603_155412 (Large)

This is a beautiful memorial to all of the soldiers from this county (Chatham) who served in World War II.

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After checking things out a bit we boarded the Savannah Belle Ferry, a free boat ride up and down the Savannah River.

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After a fun ferry ride we walked all along River Street visiting the shops, eateries, and candy shops.  One of the candy shops gave us samples of their cinnamon pecans and their still warm pralines.  Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!  The Savannah Blues, Jazz and BBQ Festival was going on and we enjoyed the music and the smells of BBQ cooking.  Several vendors were set up along the festival site.

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A local music radio station had a booth where you could spin the wheel and win something.  Roy won a $5 Wendy’s gift card and I won a photo with the radio station girl!20160603_164114 (Large) 20160603_164453 (Large)

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These really old steps are the only way back to the rest of Savannah.  I’m proud we made it! 20160603_172822 (Large)

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We’ll be back in Savannah on Monday to explore some of the historic town squares (there are many) and eat at Paula Dean’s restaurant where we have reservations at 3 pm. Can’t wait!

Tomorrow, Sunday, we are headed to Tybee Island in the afternoon to play on the beaches there!

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06.03.16 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

hilton headFriday, June 3, 2016 – So I’ve been thinking of words to describe Hilton Head Island, SC.   It is a tropical paradise.  A mix of Hawaii (what I think Hawaii is like!!) with its tropical flowers, landscaping beauty and beaches, Disney world with the layout and amazing condominiums, beach houses and hotels, and Old South charm.  As you drive around you don’t SEE all the the numerous big businesses, because they landscaped it with just a sign for the business (a very nice sign) by the street and a row of bushes, plants, trees blocking the sight of the business.  Roy didn’t like that part, he wanted to see the businesses.  I liked it.

Hilton Head has a population of approximately 40,000 which doesn’t include the thousands of tourist that visit there.  We drove around through the island for a while and landed at Sea Point Resort where we paid $6 to gain entrance to that area.  Inside that area are amazing homes and rentals.  There are so many palms and other trees that there is shade everywhere.  People were walking, jogging, and bicycling all over the place.

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We found a parking space (very hard to find one) and walked around a bit till we got to the lighthouse in Harbour Town.

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It is a great old lighthouse with 130 plus stairs inside to the top.  Lining the walls on the way up the stairs were lots of photos, signs of how high you are, information about the lighthouse and surrounding area.

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When we reached the top there is a beautiful view as we walked around the lighthouse exterior.

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These pictures are from our walk to and at the beach.  Beautiful, beautiful!  Plenty of benches, swings for us old folks, shower rooms for those with sandy parts and a really neat blue non sandy walkway to the Ocean!20160602_181542 (Large) 20160602_181614 (Large) 20160602_181704 (Large) 20160602_181759 (Large) 20160602_181904 (Large) 20160602_181930 (Large) 20160602_181934 (Large) 20160602_181956 (Large) 20160602_182022 (Large) 20160602_182144 (Large) 20160602_182428 (Large) 20160602_182458 (Large) 20160602_183245 (Large)So that wraps up our adventure to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  Traveling around here we’ve gone back and forth between South Carolina and Georgia, which is kinda cool!  Next we’re going into the city of Savannah to explore some of the downtown during the Savannah Blues, Jazz and BBQ festival and take a ride on the Savannah Belle Ferry up and down the Savannah River. We’ll go this weekend to Tybee Island to enjoy more of the beaches, this time we’ll wear our swimsuits and play a bit!

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06.02.16 Savannah Wildlife Refuge

20160601_140553 (Medium)Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Soon after we got settled at Hardeeville RV park on Wednesday we explored what’s around us outside the park. Savannah Wildlife Refuge Center is a few miles away and we enjoyed our time there.

First we took a hike along the walking trail seeing the different plants and trees there.
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We followed the walking trail to the end which was at the Visitors Center.  Nice place with lots of information about the refuge inhabitants.

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On the refuge there is a four mile gravel road that takes you through the various areas.  I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff out there, we just didn’t see it!  There is an audio tour you can listen to by tuning your car’s radio into a specific station.

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We did see one Deer, only it was a green John Deere tractor!!

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Nice little adventure today.  Thursday we are going to Hilton Head Island, SC to see what’s over there!

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06.02.16 Amite, Louisiana to Savannah, Georgia

We left Amite on Sunday morning May 29th and arrived in Savannah, GA on Wednesday June 1st. Here’s some of the things we saw along the way.

First, us leaving our home in Amite! Had to take one last photo of some of our flowers, and of course of Dora and Boots getting ready to travel.

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As we traveled, we were able to watch our church, Trinity Baptist Church’s Live Stream Sunday morning!!!!!!!

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We’ve taken so many Welcome to Mississippi signs that I just couldn’t do it again! We stopped at a rest stop in Mississippi where we of course took a picture of Dora and Boots!

20160529_162251 (Medium) Our first time in Georgia in our RV so a Welcome to Georgia sign is shared here!

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We spent the first night in Walmart’s parking lot in Columbus, GA. Here’s Dora and Boots feeling right at home!

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The Georgia highways are very nice and beautifully landscaped. Their pine trees are somewhere between our skinny tall pines and the Minnesota jumbo Christmas like pines. The grass along the highway is perfectly manicured and just beautiful.

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A massively huge solar farm stretched down both sides of the highway for miles.

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Honeysuckle Farm RV park is a very small RV park with a capacity of only 15! They have a large field in the back. Roy couldn’t stand it until we went back there for him to fly his plane. This was his first time ever flying on his own without someone close by to help if needed. He did really well, flying it three times without crashing it to pieces!!

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We took a drive through Dublin, GA which is a very nice medium size city. They have an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet which we explored. This frog statue below is actually a pot stand but I could see it as a fishing stool down by our pond back home. We almost bought it but carrying that for thousands of miles didn’t make a whole lot of sense. There were several others I’d love to have including the strawberry stool!20160531_174434

After two days at Honeysuckle Farm RV park where we enjoyed cool nights sleep (due to having electricity), we headed to Savannah, GA where we will live for 7 days! Here’s what we saw along the way there!

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We’re settled at Hardeeville RV park now in spot 336!

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After getting settled we set out to drive around the park and see it all. Instead we wandered off the grounds and made our way to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge. More on that next time!

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05.30.16 Lane Southern Orchards

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Monday, May 30, 2016 – Some of the best places we’ve visited are ones we just stumble across traveling down the highway.  Today was definitely one of those times!

While driving along Georgia Highway 96 on our way to Dublin, Georgia we started seeing signs that Lane Southern Orchards were ahead.  At 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA we stopped to check it out! It’s 5 minutes west of Interstate 75.

 

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“If you are anywhere in the Middle Georgia area, it’s worth a trip to visit their huge Roadside Market filled with fresh local, seasonal produce, gourmet treats, local wines and souvenirs. Enjoy lunch served up with genuine southern hospitality at the Peachtree Café. You can even take a farm tour during the season. But, all year long, you can sample some homemade favorites and grab a rocking chair on the front porch and relax. Everything will be just peachy!”

From inside the store you can access the peach processing self guided tour.  We walked along elevated catwalk, learned the basics from the informational cards along the way, and watched the journey of the sweet Georgia peach from the farm to your table. These picture and videos were from the tour.  The first pictures are from when the peaches arrive in the processing area in the large white containers on the left side of the photos.

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Later in the year they have these events going on.  “Our pick your own Strawberry Patch opens in early April with a warm and welcoming Spring Fling. We commemorate American’s independence with a fabulous July 4th picnic and patriotic celebration in the summer sunshine. A mind-boggling seven-acre Corn Maze and our famous Pumpkin Patch officially opens when the air turns brisk each October during a huge Farm Fall Festival.”

You can order most anything (including fresh peaches) from their online store at Lane Southern Orchards.

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We originally planned to boondock for three days along the way from Amite to Savannah.  Last night was spent in a Walmart lot in Columbus, GA where we sweat all night.  We weren’t going to do that for two more nights so we made reservations at Honeysuckle Farm RV Park in Dublin, GA where we will stay the next two nights in the cool comfort of our RV!

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We are now in the Eastern Time Zone! Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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